Illness Benefit - SW 119


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You can get a form IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit) and accompanying ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ from your doctor.

A ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ can be provided in two ways:

> Paper form (purple coloured certificate)
> Online by your doctor (not available in all practices)
 
Where your doctor has provided a paper form ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’:
 
> the doctor will complete and sign the medical section, and you will complete your personal details, sign the declaration, and post this with your IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit)
 
Where your doctor has completed an ‘Online Certificate of Incapacity for Work’:
 
> the doctor will provide you with a receipt for your own/employer’s records. Your ‘Online Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ is submitted on your behalf by your doctor and you only need to post your IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit).
 
If you are or have been an in-patient in a hospital, see 'Hospital certs' below.

From 01st March 2019 closed certification for Illness Benefit was introduced, this means your doctor can provide you with one medical certificate to cover the entire duration of your expected absence from work.  If your doctor has not marked your certificate as a ‘Final Certificate, or if you are returning to work earlier than expected, you should notify the department:
 
> by email at ClosemyIBclaim@welfare.ie or
 
> by telephone (01) 704 3300 or LoCall 1890 92 84 00 (If calling from outside the      Republic of Ireland please call + 353 1 704 3300)

You do not need to pay for a social welfare medical certificate as the Department pays the doctor an agreed fee. However, you may have to pay for the doctor to examine you.
 
The form IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit) and accompanying ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ are only available from doctors who are on the Department's panel of medical certifiers.

You should apply for Illness Benefit within 6 weeks of becoming ill. If you don't apply within this time you may lose some of your payment. If there is a good reason for a delay in applying, your payment may be backdated. If you wish to make a backdated claim for Illness Benefit, you need to complete part 3 of the IB1 claim form.
 
Longer term customers may be advised by the department that their doctor no longer needs to carry out a full assessment under the closed certification guidelines, and their doctor can start issuing a ‘Certificate for Ongoing Incapacity for Work’ (blue coloured certificate / or online in some practices). You will be advised by the department if this applies to you.  
 
If you have any difficulties completing the forms, staff in your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office will be happy to help you. You can ask them any questions you have about Illness Benefit or you can call the Illness Benefit enquiries telephone line - see 'Where to apply' below.
 
Hospital certs: if you are or have been an in-patient in a hospital, you should ask a hospital doctor to give you  a pro forma letter which you can bring to your GP who will issue the form IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit) and accompanying ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ to you with no charge. If you’re still in hospital, a family member can bring the pro forma letter to your GP on your behalf.
Freepost
 
Completed form IB1 (application form for Illness Benefit and Injury Benefit) and accompanying ‘Certificate of Incapacity for Work’ should be sent by Freepost to:

Social Welfare Services, P.O. Box 1650, Dublin 1
Last modified:19/07/2019
 

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